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Drayton Florence signs with Detroit Lions

As expected, the Detroit Lions will sign free-agent cornerback Drayton Florence on Sunday, multiple sources reported Sunday.

Dave Birkett first reported the the Lions move following a tweet from wide receiver Kassim Osgood in which the wideout welcomed Florence to organization.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Florence, 31, spent the last three seasons with the Buffalo Bills, starting 45 of 46 games and totaling 168 tackles, seven interceptions -- including two he returned for touchdowns -- with 38 passes defensed. Florence, 31, drew interest from the San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans before signing a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Denver Broncos in May.

Released by the Broncos on Friday, Florence was rumored to be headed to Detroit, where he will provide head coach Jim Schwartz with an experienced option to pair with returning starter Chris Houston.

The Lions lost Eric Wright to a five-year, $37.5 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and were down to Jacob Lacey and 2012 draft picks Dwight Bentley and Jonte Green as depth behind Houston before acquiring Kevin Barnes from the Washington Redskins last week.

UPDATE: Florence later tweeted that he's now a member of the Lions, and The Detroit News also confirmed the signing with the team.

Follow Brian McIntyre on Twitter @brian_mcintyre.

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